17th June: BBC’s Ten Pieces scheme, performances at the World Cup final and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s two gifts

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Classical News

The Guardian

BBC’s Ten Pieces brings classical music to a new generation

Ten pieces of classical music – some short, some selected extracts of longer works – have been chosen to represent a range of western classical music and provide good entry points into it. Children will be introduced to the works through a specially made film that uses a mix of live action and animation that will be screened in UK cinemas in October 2014.

The Telegraph

Has the BBC picked the right pieces?

Ivan Hewett admires the canny selection of classical pieces for schoolchildren to listen to.


Placido Domingo and Lang Lang to perform before World Cup final

“I always think music and sport are the two great things many people can understand without any need to really speak the language,” he [Domingo] said.


Interview Nikolaj Znaider: Ich kann mir verzeihen 

Einst wollte Nikolaj Znaider unbedingt Weltmeister werden, heute philosophiert der Geiger und Dirigent lieber über den lebenslangen Tanz mit dem Repertoire


Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg: Schwäne am Mittelmeer

Zwei frühsommerliche Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg haben ihren Auftakt gegeben: „Infektion!“ an der Staatsoper und die Potsdamer Musikfestspiele.

The New York TImes

‘Ring’ Cycle With Digital Orchestra Is Postponed

Professionals committed to a Wagner festival in Connecticut with digital samples of music pulled out, leading to postponement.

The New York Times

 Met Opera Tax Filing Reveals Pay For Gelb

The Metropolitan Opera, in the middle of labor talks with its unions, reports that its general manager, Peter Gelb, earned a total of $1.8 million in pay and benefits in 2012, and has since taken a pay cut.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchestra receives its two largest gifts in its history

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra today said it received two contributions totaling $32 million. The two gifts are the largest in the 123-year history of what is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

El Mundo

Mehta se va, el Palau se muere

El gigantismo acaba con el gran revulsivo de la ópera del Mediterráneo


BBC NOW: @BBCNOW A glimpse into our incredible #TenPieces film, made in an aircraft hanger near Cardiff @BBCWales #bbcmusic pic.twitter.com/CIR0XD7TFi

World Concert Hall: @wconcerthall Today, Davidsen, Nohr and Wilkman perform #Sibelius #Strauss and #Mahler in #Copenhagen http://ht.ly/y5wo4  #wch #classical

Holst Museum: @HolstMuseum Great to hear on @BBCNews that #Holst #Mars has made it into the #TenPieces project http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27868018 …

Mark Bowden: @markfbowden A new BBC initiative featuring piece by marvellous @AnnaHMeredith Discover #TenPieces http://bbc.in/1otD4bp

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest Director of the RCM Professor Colin Lawson & RCM alumnus @JLloydWebber offer their verdict on the BBC’s #TenPieces: http://bbc.in/1i4Ahm7 

Drum Works performing the tenth piece, Anna Meredith’s Connect It for Body Percussion

Drum Works

Photo: Guy Levy /BBC